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11/10/09 9:29 A

BH is quite correct. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.

We can't spot reduce areas of our bodies we don't like. If you eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, the weight will come off your entire body in time.

Will it come off your waist and hips ? Maybe, maybe not. Where the weight comes off will be determined by genetics.

Also, your waist to hip ratio is really good. Pear shaped women have a reduced risk for heart disease. the apple shapes are those that have to be careful.

Here's the thing, all women will benefit from a good strength training program. Increasing lean muscle will not only increase your metabolism, it will increase your bone density thus reducing your risk for osteoporosis.

In general, a person should strength train 1-3 times a week for good health. You can use weights, resistance bands... you could even take yoga or pilates.

If you're looking to improve your core strength, try pilates.

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11/10/09 5:56 A

Nutrition is 80% of this journey according to the experts. While we cannot control where the fat comes off first, it is unlikely to budge without getting the food under control. In my case, tracking on SparkPeople helped me understand for the first time that I was not eating enough carbs. Once I got the Nutrition in balance, the weight started coming off.

As a pear-shaped woman, I would definitely say that it's a long journey to slim the lower half, but I am living proof that it's possible. i've lost inches off my hips. I do cardio 3 hours or so per week, sometimes more, and I have 3 strength training sessions per week. Both are critical. The cardio helps you lose fat (in conjunction with proper nutrition), and the strength training leans you out and rearranges the remaining weight into a better shape. I have done my strength training with a personal trainer and just started another thread on this board that explains the advantages of having a trainer, even if only for a few sessions to get you started the right way.

I wish you the best on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!!

11/10/09 5:01 A

like myself I was wondering what leans out the bottom part more...cardio? or weight/strength training? what should I do more of? or is it really all just diet? I do both well diet not so much lol but i'm very active but the booty is not cooperating! well my 39" hips are letting me! and my waist is quite small incomparison 27" even though I like being curvy I wouldn't mind if I lost a couple I want to know what worked best for you?

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